Wahconah News - 9/11/19

Wahconah News - 9/11/19
Posted on 09/11/2019
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Sept. 11, 2019

Hello Wahconah Families,

Welcome to the Wahconah Wednesday email update! We hope you find the following information, reminders, and repeats to be helpful.

OPEN HOUSE

Wahconah’s Open House called “Back to School Night” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17th from 6:30-8pm.

  • This event is designed to allow you to meet all of your student’s teachers and briefly learn about the course they teach to your student.
  • You will follow your student’s Day 1 schedule for the evening.
    • You will also meet your student’s “drop” class located in the last box on their schedule under Day 2
  • Each “class” will last approximately 10 minutes (passing time will be built in for you to get to your next class).
  • It is highly recommended you bring a copy of your child’s schedule with you OR take a picture of it on your phone.

OTHER IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • 1ST quarter grades close Nov. 1st
  • 1st quarter report cards distributed Nov. 8th
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Wednesday, Nov. 6th from 12:15-3pm
    • Tuesday, Nov. 12th from 6-8:30pm

** We will email you specific directions on how to sign up for conferences next month.

PARENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – The Concerns about Vaping

We will be using this space on a monthly basis to provide helpful tips and insight to help bridge the gap between home and school. Some of the information shared in this section will include links to useful articles, websites, or videos.

You’ve seen it all over the news. We certainly have concerns as well. Every school across the nation has concerns. Here are several resources and articles that we hope will provide just some of the information you should be aware of regarding e-cigarettes and vaping. We encourage you to have conversations with your students about the dangers of vaping. We are also increasing our efforts to pro-actively educate our students on an individual level and on a whole-group level as well. Furthermore, for those Wahconah students who are caught vaping, they will not only be exposed to a consequence but also an educational component with the intent to put proper information in their hands about the harmful effects of vaping.

WAHCONAH WEEKLY NEWS

Last year the new Wahconah Video Club started producing the “Wahconah Weekly” in an effort to share recent school events with students and the school community. Here is the first episode of this school year! https://youtu.be/GM_oZjq2B7M

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT NEWS

(all of this news is announced regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

Add/Drop Period – The Add/Drop period for student scheduling will run until Thursday, Sept. 12. Students seeking a change to their schedule should see their guidance counselor before or after school or during lunch or DLT. It is best for students to email their guidance counselor in advance.

Attention Seniors - College Representatives will begin making themselves available to you beginning next Wednesday, September 18. Please check Naviance and your email for updated dates and times.

You must sign up no later than 2:30 pm on the day before the scheduled visit and get teacher permission to attend. You will receive a pass to attend during homeroom on the day of the scheduled visit.  If you signed up and are unable to attend, please inform guidance.

These meetings are your BEST opportunity to introduce yourself and have your questions answered face-to-face. Sign up in Guidance!

 

Attention AP Students – Please pay close attention to the following information:

AP contracts are being given to students taking AP classes. All students and their parents/guardians must sign the AP contract for each AP class they are taking. AP contracts are due to AP teachers on or before Thursday, September 12, 2019 in order for a student to remain enrolled in their AP class.

 

Please note AP exam payments are due by September 27, 2019. Checks made payable to WRHS may be submitted to Mrs. Salavantis in the guidance office, or you may pay the exam fee online by taking the following steps:

 

1. Go to: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/default.aspx

2. Under search, select Central Berkshire Regional School District

3.  Select Wahconah

4.  Select WRHS AP exam fee

5.  Enter the amount you owe plus the other required information and submit payment from there

  • 1 exam costs $94 (or $15 if you qualify for free/reduced lunch)
  • 2 exams costs $188 (or $30 if you qualify for free/reduced)
  • 3 exams costs $282 (or $45 if you qualify for free/reduced)
  • 4 exams costs $376 (or $60 if you qualify for free/reduced lunch)
  • 5 exams costs $470 (or $75 if you qualify for free/reduced lunch)

 

**Please note that students are required to take the AP exam for all AP classes they take.

 

CHECK OUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS!

(all of these announcements are made regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

Athletic Internships - Attention all students with any interest in the field of athletics. The athletic department is looking to create internship positions for students at Wahconah. Students will receive credit and some hours will be paid. See Mr. Shannon for questions about the position and see Mrs. Shafiroff for questions about the application and internship hours and requirements. 

 

Yearbook Staff - Anyone interested in joining yearbook there will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2:30 in room B-5. If you are interested and cannot make it, contact Mr. Pike.

 

Business Professionals of America - Are you motivated by competitions?  Do you want a chance to compete at the state level?  Do you want to go to Nationals?  Wahconah has a chapter of the Business Professionals of America, commonly known as BPA.  The Business Department is holding an informational meeting on today at 2:30 in Room D-1.  If you cannot make it to the meeting, please see Mrs. Durkee or Mr. Pike for more information. 

Mass. Trail Summit -  The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is hosting the Massachusetts Youth (MY) Trail Summit to connect students interested in the outdoors with trail stewardship and employment in the region. The outdoor summit will be held October 11-13. Grants AND a stipend are available to cover all expenses.  Click here or Mrs. LeSage for more details.   

Barrington Stage Company - Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) is a theatre program for young people ages 13–19 who have stories to share and things to say. Groups meet once a week from October–April. No prior theatre experience is required! Together your group will create and perform an original play based on stories and experiences from your own lives. A stipend will be paid to those who participate. Groups begin meeting October 1, 2019 and run through April 2020.  To register, email them at education@barringtonstageco.org

 

New England Math LeagueOpen to ALL students on Tuesdays from 2:30-3pm. Students have 30 minutes for 6 questions. Students can use a calculator and scrap paper. Students get 4 Points for participating and an extra point for each correct answer!

  • Oct. 15
  • Nov. 12
  • Dec. 10
  • Jan. 7
  • Feb. 11
  • Mar. 17

 

AUTISM SPEAKS

CBRSD is happy share that Autism Speaks will be hosting a walk Sunday, October 6th on the Boston Common. The event is sensory friendly! If you are interested in learning more or want to sign up please go to their website, www.AutismSpeaksWalk.org and join them at the Boston Common on October 6th, 2019 stating at 9AM.

 

STUDENT DROP OFF/PICKUP - Reminder

We greatly appreciate those of you who acknowledge and follow this procedure. However, it’s important to remember that the driveway directly in front of the school should remain clear for school buses only during the following times:

  • 7:20-7:50am (morning drop off)
  • 2:15-2:30pm (afternoon pick up)
  • 3:15-3:30pm (late bus pick up)

 

Any parents/families dropping students off or picking students up must use the car lane which can be accessed by using the last driveway in the student parking lot. Furthermore, if a bus’s lights are flashing red, that means you cannot pass it regardless of whether it has a stop sign extended from it or not. We have asked for assistance from Dalton Police (when available) to help monitor this. Thank you for your help.

ATTENDANCE/DISMISSAL REMINDERS

Please remember that the proper dismissal procedure for ill students is for the student to go to the nurse first. The nurse will examine the student and determine whether the student needs to be dismissed. Ms. Roy (ext. 1131) will then make the call home if she determines that dismissal is warranted.

Also, if you’ve secured a last-minute doctor’s appointment during the school day, please call ahead to Mrs. Farley (our Main Office Administrative Assistant at ext. 1320) so that she can prepare a dismissal for your student.

NEED MORE INFO?

Always remember that you can find important and useful information pertaining to Wahconah by going to the following:

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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